Jurasek, daughter of the late Sylvia Ray Yagelski, passed away suddenly on
August 24, 2020, at her home in Trapper Creek, Alaska.
She was born and
raised in Porter and attended St. Patrick School in Chesterton and Sacred
Heart Academy in Lisle, Illinois.
In 1959, she left
Porter with her (late) husband, Anthony, to homestead in a remote area of
Alaska on 160 acres she called home, enjoying the wilderness life and her
view of Mt. Denali from her living room window. There she raised 5 children,
who survive, Anthony Jr., Nicolas, Thomas (Lisa), Robert (Melissa) and
Sylvia Ann Keller. She is also survived by 20 grandchildren and 10
great-grandchildren. Local survivors include her aunts, Mary Kamaski, of
Porter, Ann (Donald) Novak of Chesterton, and many cousins, including the
Callaway, Kamaski, Ray and Novak families.
She traveled many
times from Alaska to Indiana to visit family and friends, especially at
Thanksgiving and family reunions. She was a devout Catholic and very active
in her home parish at St. Phillips Catholic Church.
were held on August 29, 2020, at her home where many family and friends
gathered to celebrate her life. Rest in peace Maryanna.